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Ruthenian in Ukraine


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
511,000 Rusyn Christianity 85.00 % 3.70 % Not available Not available   

Ruthenian in Ukraine

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Introduction / History
The Rusyns are an Eastern Slavic ethnic group. Their origins can be traced back to Slavic peoples who began to appear in the valleys of the Carpathian Mountains in small numbers during the fifth and sixth centuries.

Where are they located?
The Rusyns are located in the remote and rugged Carpathian highlands which overlap portions of Romania, Ukraine, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

What are their lives like?
Traditional Rusyn culture is characterized by the colorful and elaborate craftsmanship of their clothing, sculpture, architecture, woodworking, metalworking, rug weaving, pottery, and egg decorating. Other Rusyn traditions are their songs and dances.

What are their beliefs?
They are affiliated with the Greek Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches and consider membership to be a part of their national character.

Prayer Points
* Ask God to call out local Ukrainian Evangelical Christians to share the Good News with the Rusyns.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.

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Country: Ukraine
Continent: Europe
Region: Eastern Europe and Eurasia
10/40 Window: No
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Zakarpats’ka oblast’.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Ruthenian
People Name General: Ruthenian
Alternate People Names:
Balkan GypsyHungarian Gypsy
ROP3 Code: 108457
Joshua Project People ID: 14601
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 511,000
Population all Countries: 577,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Slav, Eastern
People Name General: Ruthenian
Ethnic Code: CEW22k
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Rusyn (511,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): rue    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Orthodox
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity85.00 %(Evangelical: 3.70 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious15.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox100.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2009
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Ruthenian in Ukraine

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People Cluster
    Slav, Eastern     Eastern Europe and Eurasia    
      Ruthenian Ukraine    
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            Ruthenian in Ukraine          
      Religion Language  
      Christianity     Rusyn  
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